With sustainability a concern for the global community, We makes it a priority to offer architects, designers and consumers a full range of environmentally friendly surfacing products.
We continually strive to create innovative products that promote a healthier environment to support sustainable design.
We are committed to making sustainable principles and practices a part of everything we do. We strive to adhere to the highest ethical standards as we advance in our efforts to protect vital resources for future needs.
Find out more about how we’re putting “green” principles into practice.
We has set goals to reduce emissions from all operations, vehicles and facilities that may contribute to the formation of greenhouse gases.
What are carbon emissions?
Organizations use fossil fuels to produce energy. The CO2 generated as part of that process is released to the atmosphere. Whilst we know carbon dioxide is absorbed, by plants and trees, within the natural carbon cycle. Industry generally is producing more CO2 than plants and trees can absorb.
The effect of this CO2 in the atmosphere is that the temperature of our planet is increasing. Through process improvements and energy efficiencies, We are working to reduce its contribution to carbon emissions and “global warming.”
We is committed to advancing on the path to sustainability through the management of raw materials, waste and energy.
Raw Material Management
Stainless Steel Plates
We has replaced a paper release system with pre-textured stainless steel plates to impart surface texture. These re-usable plates reduce the amount of scrap paper sent to landfill by as much as 80,000 cubic yards per year.
We recycle 100% of batteries that have reached the end of their useful life.
We salvages scrap laminate to create a product that replaces drilling mud, thus reducing waste.
We recycle the scrap metal produced by our maintenance departments.
We collects hydraulic oils used on presses and sends the oils to a closed-loop filtration system that enables their perpetual re-use.
Scrap wood pallets are ground into fuel, which produces steam for use within the facility.
The packaging we use to ship is made from recycled materials. It is also re-usable, recyclable and biodegradable.
Unusable Kraft paper, cardboard packaging, paper roll wrappers and cores, and office papers are all recycled.
We salvages damaged laminate sheets for use as samples. We also collect samples in the field for recycling and re-use in new sample sets.
Biomass Energy Production
Dust generated during the sanding of laminate sheets is collected in bag filters and incinerated, supplying a significant amount of the base steam load for operations. Additionally, we use locally sourced by-products from demolition and new construction to generate steam in the facility’s biomass boiler.
Closed-Loop, High Pressure Hot Water
We have installed closed-loop, high-pressure hot water systems to efficiently retain heat for successive pressings in the manufacturing process.
High-efficiency lamps are installed throughout the manufacturing facilities in Hsin Feng, Taiwan, Qingpu, China and Bangkok, Thailand.
We controls particulate emissions at its manufacturing facilities with control devices that operate at 99% efficiency. In addition, We has replaced solvent-based phenolic resins with water-based phenolic resins, thereby greatly reducing VOC emissions.